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I read an editorial written by a former Prime Minister of Canada during the Cold War that inspired me into a career in travel. After taking his sons to the Soviet Union, he wrote that wars would cease if more people travelled to learn we all share many of the same values and interests. After a 12 year career in packaged goods marketing, I joined the travel industry in 1990 and have been fortunate to lead three terrific travel companies and see much of the world. I have three grown sons and a wife that share my love of travel. As a family, we have trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, climbed Kilimanjaro, cruised the Galapagos, cheered on our nation’s athletes at the Olympics in Beijing, been on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, seen much of Europe, North America and the Caribbean. My favourite trip is almost always the last trip, and while I frequently return home wanting to revisit the last destination, this draw is offset by a greater desire to see the rest of the world; so many places to see, so little time. We have passed on our love of travel to our sons who have all clearly caught the “travel bug”, and now continue the tradition without us.
As the Country Director for Travel Edge (Bermuda), I am blessed to work with a terrific group of travel professionals. I am constantly amazed at the quality of their knowledge and the breadth of their experience. My role is simply to ensure they have the tools and resources to serve their clients, and get out of the way.
I am buoyed by the future of our industry. International tourism hit an all-time high last year with over 1.2 billion people travelling. While OTAs provide a service for beaten-path travel, more and more people are looking to experienced travel advisors to plan and book their travel experiences. It’s a wonderful industry with a bright future. We get to do something that makes people happy, get to experience the world, and contrary to popular opinion, have the opportunity to earn an above average wage. Travel Edge continues to invest heavily in technology to automate the routine, drive efficiency, and attract new entrants into our industry. The future of our industry is bright!
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